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ISRO Reins In Naughty Boy GSLV-D5

PUBLISHED BY: SURENDER KUMAR
JANUARY 06, 2014

   
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ISRO has successfully launched GSLV- D5, nicknamed Naughty Boy by ISRO scientists, into space from Sriharikota, making India part of the elite 'cryogenic club'. The vehicle lifted off in a fiery blast from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre as ISRO scientists watched with excitement and anxiety.  All important phases like the core stage, strap-on stage propulsion, payload fairing separation, second stage propulsion, cryogenic stage propulsion and spacecraft separation, were executed as planned.  Within 17 minutes, the GSLV-D5 precisely injected communication satellite GSAT-14 into its intended Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. The crucial "cryogenic engine" technology for the launch vehicle has been indigenously developed by ISRO scientists.

 

 


 

 

 

It was developed to enable the launch of satellites indigenously without dependence on foreign aid. GSLV has attempted eight launches, since its first launch in 2001 through its most recent launch in 2014. Three launches have been successful, four have failed, and one was a partial failure, placing the satellite into an unplanned, but recoverable, orbit.

 

 



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